June 23rd, 2014, 05:06:52 Craig

It’s getting to that time again, when huge amounts of people leave the shores of Doha; some of them run away, ecstatic at the thoughts of going somewhere else for a while.  Others are just happy to go home and see familiar faces in cooler climates.

One of the most common complaints, if you can call it that, is how people have the best of intentions of starting or maintaining an exercise programme while they’re away on holiday……….but it just never happens.  Good intentions and all.

So today, we have our top 3 tips on how you can start an exercise programme, or maintain one while you’re away on holiday and out of your normal routine.

Tip 1Get a Programme from an Expert

I realise that this involves coming to someone like me, and likely paying for the pleasure of it all; but it can be oh so worth it.  Having a well designed, effective programme made specifically for you will provide focus and efficiency in the most productive way.  Whatever your goals are, the programme should focus around what you want and your strengths, but most importantly, your weaknesses.  Removing these are essential in order for you to improve and get better.  This will develop a better all round programme and go a long way to making a better all round you.

Tip 2Break it down

Don’t go into every workout thinking you’re going to accomplish your overall goals.  Break them down into smaller, more manageable sections.   One of the biggest myths I encounter is that your workout has to last 1 hour.  Think about it, if you’re going to the gym, how long do you plan on going for?  I bet you that number will be 60 minutes.  I don’t know why.  You don’t know why.  It’s just the thing that is done.

How long is needed to be productive? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? 20 minutes?

Well, believe it or not, I think 5 minutes for the right person can be much more productive that 60 minutes.  Why? Consistency, momentum, staying on track; whatever you want to call it.  Sometimes keeping things moving is so important in an overall programme.  Taking one day  off, can easily become two, three or a week.  Momentum is lost, laziness sets in and the programme is derailed.

I would aim for at least 20 minutes of well organised exercise.  Something which is planned and has purpose.  Of course that doesn’t include the exercise you could be doing with the family.  Taking a walk around a park, going for a swim, a bike ride or even climbing a mountain like I did with my dad and father-in-law last summer.  That was one of the hardest exercise sessions I’ve ever had.  I slept like a log that night.

Tip 3Limit your rest periods

Limiting your rest periods can make your workouts so much more productive.  If you can check your emails, send a text message, check then news, have a chat with the good looking girl/guy on the treadmill, then you’re not being focused and you’re not being productive.  If you want your exercise time to productive, and most importantly, short; then you need to get the blinkers on.

One trick I like to use, is wear headphones.  People are less likely to talk to you if you are wearing headphones.  I’m not saying, be rude and ignore everyone but sometimes when you’re in the gym, a friendly ‘Hi, how are you?” or a nod of the head will be all that’s needed.  It shouldn’t take too long for them to get the hint that you mean business.  After your workout is over, feel free to have a chat; but in that 20, or 30 minutes of exercise, your one and only job is to get the work done.

So there you have it.  3 Top tips on how to make your exercise time more productive and keep you on track for the summer.  If you need more help in preparation for your holidays, then drop us a line to info@personaltrainerdoha.com and we’ll be sure to help out!

Good luck, and Happy Holidays!

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